Alistair Stewart of Sandyknowe Yogurt Drinks, who won the most
recent NFU Scotland Innovation Award, has gone on to receive further
acknowledgement for both the inventiveness and taste quality of
Sandyknowe Heavenly Yogurt Drinks
Following his win in the NFUS Innovation Award, Alistair achieved
further business success and now distributes his raspberry, strawberry
and blueberry flavour yogurt drinks through prestigious outlets
such as Waitrose and Peckhams, as well as at the new Royal Bank
of Scotland head office near Edinburgh.
Alistair also won the Milk Development Council award for innovation
but his most recent prize is for what really counts – the taste
of his drinks! His raspberry drink was a particular favourite with
the judges and won him the Gold Award in the Scottish section of the
Great Taste Awards, which are run by the Guild of Fine Food Retailers.
Alistair, from Smailholm near Kelso, said:
“I am extremely proud to have won each of these awards and
am still on cloud nine! I use entirely natural ingredients, with all
the milk coming from our very own curious cows at Sandyknowe, and
the majority of the fruit coming from other Scottish farms.
“I wanted to develop a product that not only tasted good but
that was healthy and retained close links to the farm. It is so important
for the farming industry to reach consumers and show them what quality
produce they can buy on their doorsteps.
“I have various ideas as to how I can further expand my range
of products but my immediate priority is to increase the number of
retail outlets I sell through.
“I am very grateful to NFU Scotland for having given me a leg
up and helped to set the ball rolling. I would certainly encourage
any farmer out there who has a good idea to make the most of it and
take it forward. Farming in the 21st century is not an easy occupation
and so anything we can do to add value to what we produce can only
be a good thing.
“All too often you only read negative stories in the press
about farming and so I’m proud to be one of the good news stories.
I hope that in future we can read about far more.”
The NFU Scotland Excellence Awards cover three different categories;
Innovation, Young Achiever, sponsored by NFU Mutual, and Farming & Conservation,
sponsored by RSPB Scotland. If you think you have what it takes to
enter any of the awards for the current round, please contact Anna
Davies on 0131 472 4020. The first deadline falls on 11 September
so don’t delay!
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